nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2015‒12‒20
four papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”

  1. Time dedicated by consumers to cultural goods: Determinants for Spain By Molina, Jose Alberto; Campaña, Juan Carlos; Ortega, Raquel
  2. Sustainable Museums for Sustainable Development By Pop, Izabela Luiza; Borza, Anca
  3. An Investigation of Confucius Institute’s Effects on China’s OFDI via Cultural Difference and Institutional Quality By Chensheng Xu; Feng Yao; Fan Zhang
  4. Major infrastructure changes occurring in Polish host cities in connection with the staging of Euro 2012 By Ferrir, Richard

  1. By: Molina, Jose Alberto; Campaña, Juan Carlos; Ortega, Raquel
    Abstract: This paper analyzes the time that consumers dedicate to a range of cultural goods (cinema, theatre, museums, and spectator sports) by estimating a SUR model with information from the Spanish Time Use Survey for 2009-2010. Thus, we bridge the gap in the literature of consumption that has omitted the determinants of the time adults spend on cultural goods. Our main results indicate that age influences the time spent going to cinemas and art exhibitions/museums in different ways. Older individuals spend less time going to cinemas, while younger individuals are less frequent visitors to art galleries and museums, and men spend more time than women at sporting events. A university level of education influences the time dedicated to these four activities in a positive and statistically significant manner, and larger families positively influence the time dedicated to attending sporting events.
    Keywords: Consumers, Cultural goods, Time use
    JEL: D12 J22 Z11
    Date: 2015–12–18
  2. By: Pop, Izabela Luiza; Borza, Anca
    Abstract: The sustainable development of a region depends on the sustainability and measures taken by all the public and private organizations in the respective area. Museums stand out among these organizations due to the controversies arising in connection with the role they have to play in this process of sustainable development. This paper seeks to analyze whether and why museums should become sustainable and provide an overview on the Romanian museums’ sustainability. The qualitative research based on semi-structured interviews with five museum experts showed that the sustainable development of Romania through cultural tourism is threatened due to the fact that few museums take steps towards become sustainable. Among the factors that hinder the process of sustainable change in museums can be mentioned the following: the current legislation, the scarcity and poor training of the human resources, but also the some managers’ misconception on the notion of sustainable museum and their resistance to change.
    Keywords: museums, sustainability, development, entrepreneurship, change
    JEL: L26 O10 Q01
    Date: 2015
  3. By: Chensheng Xu (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, School of Economics and Trade); Feng Yao (West Virginia University, Department of Economics); Fan Zhang (West Virginia University, Department of Economics)
    Abstract: This paper uses a panel data of China's outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) from 2004-2012 to investigate the influence of Confucius Institute on China's OFDI. We find that Confucius Institute, as a comprehensive platform for China's foreign cultural exchange, has a significant positive effect on China’s OFDI. Interestingly, the positive effect can be reduced with larger cultural difference and can be increased in host countries with lower institutional quality. Correspondingly, we find that Confucius Institute’s impact on China’s OFDI is more obvious in host countries with smaller cultural difference or lower institutional quality.
    Keywords: Confucius Institute, foreign cultural exchange, outward foreign direct investment (OFDI), heterogeneous effect
    Date: 2015–10
  4. By: Ferrir, Richard
    Abstract: In this study, an attempt was made to estimate the impact of the organisation of UEFA European Championships on the host cities: Gdańsk, Poznań, Warsaw and Wrocław. The adopted list of infrastructural undertakings executed as part of Euro 2012 preparations included 219 projects divided according to the urgency criterion into key, important and other projects. Analysis of project completion revealed that not all tasks had been executed as planned before the beginning of the event. Predictably, the key projects were found to have been completed in the greatest percentage of the cases (76%), while other projects were characterised by the lowest percentage of completion (51%). The degree of completion also varied between the individual cities. Gdańsk turned out to be the most efficient city with 74% of all projects completed, while Warsaw was at the bottom of the ranking with 63% of completed projects.
    Keywords: Euro 2012
    JEL: H00
    Date: 2015–12–05

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